Honoring Rev. Edward Mulraineby Representative Eliot L. Engel
Posted on 2013-12-19
of new york
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, Houses of Worship in the United States have
played a major role in our communities, offering solace, support, and
sustenance, both physical and moral, to all. In Mount Vernon, the Unity
Baptist Tabernacle, under the guidance of the Rev. Edward Mulraine
fulfils all those roles, and today we are celebrating Rev. Mulraine's
tenth Pastoral Anniversary in guiding the membership of his church.
Rev. Mulraine has accomplished much in that time to help his Church, his Ministry and his Community.
He established a Men's Fellowship Choir, a Prayer Ministry, a Senior Ministry, and the Gospel Pearls. He expanded the Church's Ministry through radio station WVOV and the Internet. He instituted Women as Deacons and Unity Baptist Tabernacle saw its first Women Deacons in 2011. Unity Tabernacle now teaches Weekly Bible Study and has a Drama Ministry and a Catering Ministry.
More pragmatically Rev. Mulraine raised the funds for a new computer center which now has 14 brand new computers, installed new air conditioning in the Dining Hall, painted the sanctuary and redid the Church roof, and is paying off the $300,000 mortgage.
Beyond his church and ministry, Rev. Mulraine has aided his community by getting pedestrian crossing light on local streets, marching against violence, and protesting cuts to Day Care and Mount Vernon Hospital. He established the Annual Church Trip and Fellowship to South Carolina, started Home Coming after Summer Break, and fought for funds for the South Street Park.
Rev. Mulraine, and all of Mount Vernon, today celebrate his tenth anniversary as Minister of the Unity Baptist Tabernacle. I am proud to join in this celebration of a man who has made a great difference in his Church, his Ministry and his Community.